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Speaking of Nature: Bill’s vacation nemesis

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back in January, when my beautiful wife Susan approached me about planning our summer vacation, I listened intently as she explained her reasoning about attempting our longest vacation to date. Instead of just one week, she wanted to try for two and, in her mind, the only feasible destination was Martha’s Vineyard. No phones, no electronics, no communication with the … 0

Trail Mix: Outdoor activities in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday The Third Sunday Northfield Hike is scheduled for this weekend. As as usual, people will meet in the parking area behind Town … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Great egrets were reported in Longmeadow, Hadley, New Salem … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. An Acadian flycatcher was found inside Gate 22 of the Quabbin Reservoir. Two adult and three young orchard orioles were reported in Northampton. A peregrine falcon was seen near their nesting site … 0

Speaking of Nature: Green Herons

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The phone call came on the afternoon of July 3. It was not at all unusual for the phone to ring because of the long list of telemarketers that somehow seem to get my number. No, what made … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Thursday, July 10, 2014

River Walk: Tales of Rock and Sturgeon TURNERS FALLS — Join the Connecticut River Watershed Council at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, for an evening with geologist Steve Winters and international sturgeon expert Boyd Kynard. Explore the rocky formations in the Connecticut River below the dam and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over the southern end of the Quabbin Reservoir. A black vulture was seen in Belchertown. Black-billed cuckoos were heard calling in Pittsfield and Southwick Two soras and … 0

Kids and Critters: Does this flower know if you like butter?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July is finally here and for many of us that means the longest days of the year can be spent outside. I remember spending hours on end running and playing in the woods and fields around my home … 0

God’s eye is on the sparrow

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

“Why do I feel discontented? Why must the shadows fall? God’s eye is on the Sparrow! And I know He thinks of me.” — Old revivalist hymn A year or so ago, Florence Haskell died. She was 90, … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/ ∎ Moth Night. Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Friday, July 11, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Learn about … 0

Speaking of Nature: the eastern cottontail

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is probably one of the most ubiquitous, recognizable animals that can be found in our area. They can easily be seen munching on grasses by the sides of roads, especially by people who … 0

Speaking of Nature: Treasures in plain sight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

January, February and March are months that often give me trouble as a nature writer. In the depths of winter there can be precious little to feature in my columns and I find that I often have to … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. A Mississippi kite was seen in Belchertown, and the same individual or another was reported in New Salem. A sandhill crane was found off Old Post Road in Worthington. Six upland sandpipers and six … 0